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Our book on the history of self-reproducing machines - contract signed!

Tim Taylor
 

Dear all,

I am very pleased to announce that we have finally signed a publishing contract for our book Rise of the Self-Replicators: Early Visions of Machines that Reproduce and Evolve. It will be published by Springer, and we expect it to be out around April/May 2020 (exact date to be confirmed).

What I'm really happy about is that we've managed to get a clause in the contract that allows us to self-archive a free electronic version of the entire book. So an author-formatted PDF of the book will be posted on my website at around the same time as the Springer version is published. 

I'll post further details of the publication schedule here as soon as I have them.

Thanks again for your continued interest in the project. 

With best wishes,

Tim

Our book on the history of self-reproducing machines - an update

Tim Taylor
 

Dear all,

First of all, many thanks for signing up to this list and showing an interest in our book on the early history of self-reproducing and evolving machines. Here's a brief, but long overdue, update on the current state of play.

Last year we submitted a draft to MIT Press, who sent it out for review. We duly received an impressive five reviews back from them. Three of them recommended publication. The other two had positive comments but also some concerns about the structure and thought it could be improved by having a stronger message running throughout.

I've taken those comments on board, and have spent the last year (in between other things) working on a significantly revamped new draft. This not only addresses the reviewers' comments, but also includes some new material that I've come across in the time since the first draft was submitted. I've also given it a new working title: "Rise of the Self-Replicants: Early Visions of Machines that can Reproduce and Evolve".

The good news is that the new draft is now complete (at last!) and I have sent it back to MIT Press. It's never fun reading negative comments about your work, but I genuinely think the new version is much stronger now because of the feedback.

We have not yet actually signed a contract with MIT Press, but I think we've got a better chance of doing that now. If that doesn't happen, we've got other publication options in play as well. According to what I've heard from MITP, I'm expecting to be able to post another update on progress here in early May.

Best wishes,

Tim